Outer Banks Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Outer Banks

Many families who rent homes for their vacation make a trip to the local grocery stores and seafood markets and cook most meals at home (the Dockside N' Duck is a good place to start). When you do venture out, you'll find that fresh seafood with a southern twist is an Outer Banks specialty. Most establishments are independent and locally-owned like Blue Moon Beach Grill in Nags Head and the cleverly named I Got Your Crabs Seafood Market & Steam Bar in Kitty Hawk. More casual and quick service establishments are also scattered around the barrier islands and all are generally reasonably priced, ranging from sandwich shops like Bros Sandwich Shack in Avon on Hatteras Island to Eduardo's Taco Stand in Ocracoke. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, The Blue Point in Duck is popular for its waterfront location.

A local favorite for sweet treats is Duck Donuts, which has multiple locations in the Outer Banks, including one in Duck, where it borrows its namesake from. Originally established in OBX, the chain has expanded to other locations up the mid-Atlantic coast. You'll find a bigger selection of restaurants in more tourist-oriented communities like Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, just be mindful that some establishments close or operate under more limited hours outside of the peak summer season. 

Find the Best Restaurants in Outer Banks

  • #1
    Surfin Spoon
    #1 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $ |
    2408 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9246
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  • #2
    Scammell's Corner Surf Shop & Ice Cream Parlor
    #2 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 295 reviewsTripAdvisor (295)
    $ | American
    6406 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9112
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  • #3
    Waveriders Coffee Deli Pub
    #3 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    $ | American, Brew Pub, Cafe, Healthy, Deli
    3022 S Croatan Hwy Pirates Quay Shoppes, MP 11.25, Nags Head, NC 27959-9029
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  • #4
    Blue Moon Beach Grill
    #4 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2438 reviewsTripAdvisor (2438)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
    4104 S Virginia Dare Trl # 16, Nags Head, NC 27959-9282
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  • #5
    Miller's Waterfront Restaurant
    #5 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2599 reviewsTripAdvisor (2599)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    6916 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9053
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  • #6
    Morning View Coffee House and Roastery
    #6 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 207 reviewsTripAdvisor (207)
    $ | Cafe
    2707 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9021
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  • #7
    Austin Fish Company
    #7 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 262 reviewsTripAdvisor (262)
    $ - $$ | Seafood
    3711 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC
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  • #8
    Tale of The Whale
    #8 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1007 reviewsTripAdvisor (1007)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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  • #9
    Fish Heads Bar & Grill
    #9 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 541 reviewsTripAdvisor (541)
    $ | American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
    8901 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd 18½ Mile Post, Nags Head, NC 27959-9306
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  • #10
    Owens' Restaurant
    #10 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1126 reviewsTripAdvisor (1126)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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  • #11
    Booty Treats
    #11 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ |
    2600 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9250
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  • #12
    Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar
    #12 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1332 reviewsTripAdvisor (1332)
    $ - $$ | American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Jamaican
    MP 11 on the Beach Rd 3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
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  • #13
    Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
    #13 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1680 reviewsTripAdvisor (1680)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    7623 S Virginia Dare Trl Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
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  • #14
    Grits Grill
    #14 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 481 reviewsTripAdvisor (481)
    $ | American, Diner, Deli
    5000 S Croatan Hwy The Outer Banks Mall, Nags Head, NC 27959-8500
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  • #15
    Old Nags Head Cafe'
    #15 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 257 reviewsTripAdvisor (257)
    $ - $$ | American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
    3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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  • #16
    New York Pizza Pub
    #16 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 507 reviewsTripAdvisor (507)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Pizza, Pub
    2217 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9010
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  • #17
    Red Drum Taphouse
    #17 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 527 reviewsTripAdvisor (527)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
    2412 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9246
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  • #18
    Lucky 12 Tavern
    #18 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 487 reviewsTripAdvisor (487)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
    3308 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9264
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  • #19
    Mulligan's Grille in Historic Cottage Row
    #19 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1222 reviewsTripAdvisor (1222)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    4005 South Croatan Highway Milepost 13, Nags Head, NC 27959
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  • #20
    Pamlico Jacks
    #20 of 92 Places to Eat in Nags Head
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1105 reviewsTripAdvisor (1105)
    $ - $$ | Bar, American, Seafood
    6708 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9049
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